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Lt. Dan Band performs Friday to honor Munford veteran

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Production crew members and military veterans assemble the stage for Friday's concert at the Cook Convention Center (Tim Andrassy / FOX13 News) Production crew members and military veterans assemble the stage for Friday's concert at the Cook Convention Center (Tim Andrassy / FOX13 News)
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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will perform in Memphis Friday for a big benefit concert at the Cook Convention Center for Marine Cpl. Christian Brown, who was seriously injured from an improvised explosive device Dec. 13, 2011 in Afghanistan.

Unlike most concerts this one has a special mission: To raise $500,000 to build a Smart Home for Cpl. Brown of Munford, Tenn.

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You never know the impact something will have on your life. Take the movie, "Forrest Gump," which starred Sinise and Tom Hanks. In the movie Forrest, played by Hanks, saves Lt. Dan's life but Lt. Dan, played by Sinise, loses both his legs. In the end everything works out for the best.

Lt. Dan came to life in the form of the Lt. Dan Band with Sinise and a big group of his musician pals who travel the world doing USO shows and raising money to build Smart Homes for American heroes like Cpl. Brown.

Cpl. Brown, leading more than 163 combat missions, stepped on an IED in Afghanistan in December 2011 and sustained injuries to both arms and hands, and lost both legs.
 
All proceeds from Friday's Lt. Dan Band concert will go directly to build Cpl. Brown's home in Munford.

To help promote the event the Lt. Dan Band came to world famous Beale Street to put their brand up: the American flag. To show his support for Cpl. Brown and all returning veterans artist Scott Lobaido painted a 3D image of the American flag on the side of the Memphis Police precinct building on Beale Street.

"It's my patriotic fire is why I get to do this," Lobaido said. "Here I am at the news conference in front of this giant flag on this awesome iconic American street and I love it! I only have that because of guys like Christian."

"To see someone come out and do something like this, it's inspiring," Cpl. Brown said. "You know, to see that flag has its value and means so much to other people that are like-minded like me. It just gives me hope for this country and our future."

Throughout World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, Bob Hope was the man who brought entertainment to our troops around the world.

Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band have taken up the standard and now do 50 USO shows a year for our troops around the world, including fundraisers like the one Friday at 7 p.m. in Downtown Memphis.

"It's phenomenal. Could not ask for anything better than that to know somebody's out there looking out for me, that's got my back my 'six' when I wasn't able to," Cpl. Brown said.

To think it all started with a movie called "Forrest Gump," and the most famous line from that movie, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get."

Still so true.

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